Sat. Jul 13th, 2024

An almost $1 million grant from the State Government to triple the size of the town’s existing skatepark and add a half-court basketball court, seating, shade shelters, drinking fountains and other facilities.

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall and Mayor Eric Noakes made the announcement this morning. Mr Noakes said the community was grateful to receive the funding from the State Government.

“This will be great for the youth of our community and give them another safe place to be active and social,” Cr Noakes said.

“This project is part of council’s plans to get people of all ages in our community active and provide the best facilities for them to do that.”

Mr Marshall said the work would totally transform the space into an area for young people of all ages to hang out with their mates and have a good time.

“The skatepark is already a magnet for hundreds of young people in Walcha and surrounds and this upgrade and expansion has been much anticipated local youngsters,” Mr Marshall said.

“It will not just make the existing park larger, but include much for those on scooters, bikes and those wishing to shoot some hoops on the half court.

“The renewal will create a vibrant and welcoming space, including, an enclosed bowl with beginner to intermediate ramp heights, a half court, spectator terrace, seating and a scooter run.

“There will also be lots of extra undercover seating, water bubblers and CCTV cameras to keep everyone safe and ensure the new facility is not vandalised.

“This is a very exciting project and well done to Mayor Eric Noakes and Walcha Council for securing the funds.”

Top image: Walcha Mayor Eric Noakes, left, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Acting General Manager Phil Hood at the skatepark.

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